DHH writes that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing with a startup:
Startup mythology demands that to create something great, you need superhuman sacrifices. You need to work for no pay, you need to put in 120 hours/week, you need to preferably sleep under the desk and live off pizza as a sole form of nutrient. As a result, you need to abandon your family and risk life without insurance.
So donâ€™t despair, just start small. Reserve a couple of nights per week, a Sunday morning here, and a day from vacation time there. Itâ€™s never been cheaper or faster to build a web startup, itâ€™s never been more possible to do it as a side-business.